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I'm an LPN and I recently took my daughter to her doctor for a yearly check-up with her pediatrician. As I was refusing the Hep A vaccine for her, I mentioned I've never seen Hep A required even for health care workers. I'm vaccinated against Hep B, but I've never worked in a place that even addressed the issue of Hep A. The ped was surprised, especially since I work in an environment where I am helping to toilet residents, etc. She pointed out that since Hep A is transmitted through feces, it is added protection in case of exposure.<br><br>
Considering this, why isn't this issue brought up more with health care workers? Should I consider vaccinating myself?
 

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Maybe I'm naiive but wouldn't handwashing and gloves when needed be more effective in reducing the risk?
 

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If you're following standard precautions, which you should be, then it's not really a concern. And even when the rare case may arise, it's not likely at all to cause any of the chronic problems like hep B or C. So it's not probably very cost effective to recommend routine vaccination in that population.<br><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/hepa.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pin...loads/hepa.pdf</a>
 

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Okay, it makes sense. I've always thought it strange that we routinely vaccinate kids for things adults don't worry about, even in the health profession. I guess that's part of it for me, if I'm going to vaccinate at all it seems like I personally should be vaccinated against everything my kids are. Yet insurance companies don't even cover the same vaccines for adults! Oh well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> And you're right, I'm probably not at risk and my kids certainly aren't at their age.
 

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Exactly!<br><br>
If everyone would wash their hands after going to the bath room, we wouldn't have any problems.
 

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My plans to enter med school have been delayed as entering students must have proof of full vaccination and must take a variety of boosters (including the MMR).
 
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